Educational Programs

Observatory Hill EEC provides a range of educational programs tailored to students in NSW Department of Education schools. Students can visit the Centre to participate in excursions around the city, or Centre teachers can come to your school to work with students in their local environment.

All fieldwork programs come with teachers notes, student work sheets, relevant support materials, as well as information regarding meeting dates, times, locations and costs for the school.

Program costs vary depending on the excursion being undertaken and the number of students participating. Public school prices for each program are listed below.

Non DoE schools can also be catered for. Please contact the centre for non DoE school pricing details.

 

Primary School Programs             * indicates incursion program

* Come to the Party

Stage ES1 – 1

Come to the Party focuses on the Change and Continuity, and Overview of Cultures outcomes from the K – 6 HSIE syllabus, and the Personal and Family Histories content from the K – 6 History Syllabus. During the program, students will learn about change and continuity in traditions and celebrations of birthday parties at three different time periods; the present, the 1960’s and the late 1800’s. An overriding sustainability theme will be the differing ways communities deal with waste over time, and students will be introduced to the concepts of reducing, reusing and recycling as a way to reduce waste.

Cost: $100 per class ($60 per class plus $40 craft fee)

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* Taking Care of Our Place

Stage ES1 – 1

Taking Care of Our Place is an incursion program delivered in your school. Due to the program’s flexible nature, up to six classes to be catered for on the one day. The program promotes a caring attitude towards the environment and emphasises ways that students can contribute to environmental quality at home, and at school, by undertaking simple actions that reduce their impact on the environment.

NB: Available to all Primary Schools within approx 40 km driving distance from the Centre.

Cost: $60 per class

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* Bush Christmas

Stage ES1 – 1

Bush Christmas is an incursion program that combines story, song and craft to introduce students to Australian animals and their habitats. Students will take part in an interactive Christmas story, learn about the needs of living things in a range of situations and create their own wrapping paper and Christmas present using craft materials. Each class also will receive native plants to help improve biodiversity in their school grounds.

Cost: $8 per student

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Caring For Critters

Stage ES1 – 1

Caring for Critters’ is a one-day Science and Technology and Environmental Education program focusing on the needs of living things. Students will learn about the needs of living things, (particularly animals living in urban and suburban areas), and participate in a range of science and creative arts based activities focused on these animals. The environmental focus will be on developing positive values and attitudes towards the environment, particularly a caring attitude towards living things.

Cost: $60 per class (for craft materials and native plants), plus animal display costs (minimum $270 for up to 60 students)

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The Rocks – Contact, Community and Change
Stage 2

The Rocks – Contact, Community and Change, supports the K-10 History Syllabus. Students will explore the themes of contact, community and change in The Rocks and visit four sites that will be used to focus on the lives of four children living in different time periods in the Rocks; pre European contact, the convict period, circa 1900 and the present.

Cost: $60 per class, (plus individual student admission to Sussanah Place Museum)

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Barangaroo S2 – First Contacts
Stage 2

Barangaroo S2 – First Contacts’ is a one-day History program focusing on the first contacts between Gadigal Aboriginal people and European colonists. Students will learn about Barangaroo, an Aboriginal woman, and visit Barangaroo Point Park, to learn about traditional Aboriginal culture. Students will also visit Parbury Ruins in Millers Point and The Rocks Discovery Museum in The Rocks to learn about European colonial settlement.

Cost: $60 per class

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* Creature Feature

Stage 2

Creature Feature is an incursion program delivered in your school and focused on protecting marine environments. Students will be engaged in creative arts and multi media production to communicate messages about understanding and protecting marine ecosystems.

Available to: all Primary Schools within approx 40 km driving distance from the Centre.

Cost: $100.00 per class ($60 per class plus $40 craft fee)

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* Spaceship Earth – Stage 2 

Stage 2

This teacher led program involves students working through a set of activities in class and a one day field trip to a bushland setting to learn about the natural environment. A capsule from ‘outer space’ will arrive in the classroom containing ‘Snook’, a mysterious passenger. Snook helps the students to discover their own spaceship (earth) and to investigate the needs and problems of Spaceship Earth and its passengers. The 5-6 week program comes with its own unit of work, teaching resources and includes a one-day field trip. EEC teachers will deliver all program materials and brief participating teacher/s on program delivery. Up to two classes can be catered for per teaching pack.

Cost: $60 per class (includes loan of all teaching materials and one day field trip).

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The Rocks – Colonial, People, Places and Events

Stage 3

This program takes the form of a fun and engaging ‘Amazing Race’ style mystery hunt around The Rocks. Students will work in supervised teams and use ipads and QR codes to solve clues and discover information about people, places and events that shaped The Rocks, and Australia’s identity, during the colonial (19th Century) and modern (20th Century) periods.

Cost: $60 per class

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Humans Shape Places

Stage 3

Humans Shape Places” is a Stage 3 Geography fieldwork program focusing on the Key Inquiry Question of How do people influence places and the management of spaces within them? Students will investigate the environment of Blackwattle Bay and acquire, process and communicate geographic information to answer a fieldwork question. The program is supported with previsit resources from Urban Growth NSW, the managing authority of the Bays Precinct.

Cost: $60 per class

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Big Build Up

Stage 3

Big Build Up’ is an environmental education program that involves students working scientifically and technologically to redesign an inner city building for a new use. Students will also design and conduct experiments to find out how to improve the building’s energy efficiency. The program has three main components: Introductory activities and resources to introduce the students to the project, a whole day fieldwork experience in the CBD and follow up activities to enhance skills in working scientifically and working technologically.

Cost: $60 per class

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Bring Back the Block

Stage 3

Bring Back the Block is an environmental education program that involves Stage 3 students using Mathematics and History skills to investigate a built environment in The Rocks. It also focuses on the Learning across the Curriculum content of Information and Communication Technology. The program is based on a hypothetical scenario involving a film director engaging 6 teams (per class) of historical researchers and model makers, to build models of a row of demolished terraces in The Rocks and research their former occupants. Each team is assigned an individual house in the now demolished block to research and will build real models, 3D models, 2 and 3D floorplans and information plaques.

Cost: $60 program pack

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Transporting Sydney

Stage 3

Transporting Sydney is a one-day Science and Technology program focusing on transport systems in the Built Environment. Students will experience a range of transport modes (including train, light rail and ferry), and work in teams to design an effective transport system for a new inner city precinct. This program supports the Science and Technology Stage 3 Syllabus in the areas of Working Technologically, The Built Environment and Information

Cost: $12 per student for a MyMulti ticket (this cost covers all public transport costs)

$60.00 program pack

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* Enviromaths

Stage 3

Enviromaths is an incursion program that uses mathematics to support the learning outcomes of the Sustainability Education Policy for Schools. The program provides a Stage 3 class with a toolkit to explore the environmental sustainability of their school, and to devise strategies to address sustainability issues being investigated. Students will use the Australian Mathematics curriculum strand Thinking Mathematically, to explore the sustainability of their school environment, and will participate in practical activities that reinforce the relevance of maths in everyday lives.

Available to all Primary Schools within a 40 km driving distance from the Centre.

Cost: $60 per class

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* Watch Our Watts

Stage 3

Watch Our Watts is an incursion program that involves one Stage 3 class using a project learning model to investigate and raise awareness about energy consumption. The Stage 3 class works with the whole school community to design and deliver a school energy efficiency plan.

Available to: all Primary Schools within a 40 km driving distance from the Centre.

Cost: $60 per class

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* Project Flying Fox

Stage 3

Project Flying Fox’ is an environmental education program that involves students working scientifically and technologically to investigate a local endangered species, the Grey-headed flying fox, and design a solution to help conserve it. Students will learn about the species, including common myths and misconceptions, and design a solution to help raise awareness about the species and conserve them.

Available to: all Primary Schools within a 40 km driving distance from the Centre (for incursion component)

Cost: $5 per student to cover VC with Flying Fox expert from Kuring-Gai Bat Conservation Society (all VC proceeds go to the Kuring-Gai Bat Conservation Society.

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* Water Wiseguys

Stage 3

Water Wiseguys is an incursion program that involves one Stage 3 class using a project based learning model to investigate and raise awareness about water wastage and stormwater management in the school. The Stage 3 class works with the whole school community to design and deliver a school water efficiency and stormwater management  plan.

Available to: all Primary Schools within a 40 km driving distance from the Centre.

Cost: $60 per class

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* Local Area Study

Stage 2 and 3

Local Area Study is an incursion program for Stages 2 and 3. The program is designed to help teachers use their school’s local environment and school grounds as a teaching and learning resource. Specialist environmental education teachers provide teaching materials and resources like water testing kits, dipnets, specimen collection jars etc to support learning outcomes, particularly in the HSIE and Science and Technology KLA’s. The program is approximately two hours and up to 4 classes can be catered for on the one day.

Teachers can choose from the following locations and topics.

  1. a local bushland – to study the importance of biodiversity
  2. a local waterway – to study stormwater pollution and management
  3. a local beach – to study the causes and effects of litter on oceans

Available to all Primary Schools within a 40 km driving distance from the Centre.

Cost: $60 per class

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